Benedictine remembers Francis Cardinal George

April 17, 2015

Lisle, Illinois ~ Benedictine University, the Archdiocese of Chicago and Catholics around the world are mourning the passing of the former Archbishop of Chicago.

"Cardinal George has been a great friend of Benedictine University and Catholic higher education," said Benedictine University President William J. Carroll, Ph.D. 

Carroll asked the Benedictine community to "please keep him in your prayers as I am sure he is keeping us in his."

Cardinal George was a central panelist during the Seventh Annual Convocation of Faculty and Administrators from Chicagoland Catholic Colleges and Universities hosted by Benedictine University in 2008. The theme of the convocation was "Engaging Islam in Chicago Area Catholic Universities and Colleges Today."

The panel addressed how curricula have changed to reflect a more religiously diverse student body;how classroom dialogue has evolved to reflect this diversity;whether student services address the specific needs of Muslim students;and how to inform Muslim students about Catholicism and Catholic students about Islam in a responsible way. About 26 percent of students at Benedictine University self-identify as Muslims while 52 percent self-identify as Catholic.

The annual convocation provided an opportunity for Chicago area Catholic colleges and universities to share ideas, build a community of scholars to address crucial issues, promote inclusiveness among all students attending the various institutions, and promote the Catholic character of the participating institutions.

A hallmark of Benedictine education is welcoming and fostering dialogue with the other to gain greater understanding and closeness to God.

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Benedictine University is located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has branch campuses in Springfield, Illinois, and Mesa, Arizona. Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine enrolls more than 5,000 students in 59 undergraduate and 23 graduate programs. Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the seventh consecutive year in 2017. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org). For more information, contact (630) 829-6300, admissions@ben.edu or visit ben.edu.

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